Author Archive for Janaka Perera

Many are paying today for Japan’s blunder

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Janaka Perera Seventy five years ago on December 7, 1941 Imperial Japan committed the biggest blunder in her history. It was an attack Washington welcomed but not openly. The Japanese surprise attack on the American Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii not only caused Tokyo’s disastrous defeat four years later but also brought the United […]

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Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Janaka Perera Beware of Non-Buddhists claiming to protect Buddhism. Beware of Non-Buddhists seeking to identify and define the enemies of Buddhists and Buddhism Beware of Non-Buddhists attempting to create rifts between Buddhists and Hindus and Buddhists and followers of other religions Beware of Non-Buddhists trying to exploit/create disputes between Sri Lanka and neighbouring countries such […]

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Asia: Japan forced to sell its soul to the West

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Janaka Perera The following piece is meant to throw more light on what Shenali D. Waduge’s wrote in her July 31st article titled ‘Time for Pan Asianism: Rise of Asians for Asia & Asia for Asians’. Japan raised the slogan ‘Asia for Asians’ during World War II which ended when the Americans dropped atom bombs […]

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සතුන් සමග සංසර්ගයේ යෙදෙන එරික් සෝල්හයිම් ගේ ‘නෑයෝ’ 

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Janaka Perera  දියුණු යයි සම්මත බටහිර ජාතියක් සතුන් සමග සංසර්ගයේ යෙදෙන බව අසා තිබේද? එහෙත් එය ඇත්තකි.  ඒ ජාතිය නම් සාමයේ නාමයෙන් අපට දෙමළ කොටින් සමග ‘සහවාසයේ’ යෙදෙන්නට ආරාධනය කල  නෝවීජියානුවන්ය.   මේ බව මුලින්ම හෙලිකලේ ඔස්ලෝ නුවර පලවන The Journal නම් විද්‍යා සඟරාවයි. වසර 28කට පසු  නෝවීජියානු රජය මගින් සතුන් සමග සංසර්ගයේ යෙදීම දෙවන වරටත් 2010 […]

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‘Vavuniya Citizens’ antics in Mullivayikal

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Janaka Perera A group calling itself Vavuniya Citizens Group is planning to erect a memorial minaret at Mullivayikal for what it calls victims of ‘Tamil killing.’   The term almost sounds like successive Sri Lankan governments were – as a matter of state policy – engaged in hunting members of this community over the years as […]

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Sinhala Tigers in sheep’s clothing

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Janaka Perera It is amusing to see ‘Comrade’ Surendra Ajith Rupesinghe pontificating on Constitutional reforms after years of supporting LTTE separatism in Sri Lanka and abroad.  To him the Tigers were a “political organization that represented the national-democratic aspirations of a nation”. Like hell! We suppose he is still a Tiger sympathizer because he has […]

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Indian and Sri Lankan Armed Forces

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Janaka Perera This relates to the January 27th article titled ‘Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war’ in the Lanka Web of January 27.  Since a reader in his comment on the piece has apparently misunderstood what I wrote I need to clarify the point I made on the Indian Army. There is no […]

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Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Janaka Perera The first ever attempt to overthrow a legally elected government in post independence Sri Lanka was made 54 years ago on January 27.   The conspirators were a group of military and police officers that belonged to a generation, which was virtually alienated from Sri Lanka’s history and traditions.  Their objective was to turn […]

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Appeasing separatists: The road to nowhere

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Janaka Perera The recent suicide of a Tamil teenager, Senthuran Rajeswaran, demanding the release of LTTE detainees is a perfect example of how Sri Lanka has spoilt the military over the Tigers. Both the previous and present governments should share the blame for this unfortunate state of affairs. Among the first things the Western Allies […]

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Crisis looming in South China Sea

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Janaka Perera Two Asian countries with which Sri Lanka has strong relations are now at logger heads. The possibility of it leading to a proxy war in the South China Sea (SCS) cannot be ruled out unless the tension building up in the region can be defused. The SCS is one of the world’s most […]

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Embracing a Tiger in cassocks

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

By Janaka Perera Has anyone heard of a country after militarily crushing a vicious terrorist outfit trying to seek ‘peace and understanding’ with the unrepentant supporters of the very same group? Well, there is one country, the ‘Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.’ Its current cowardly rulers, in an absurd gesture of ‘goodwill’ are reportedly […]

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August 17 will decide Sri Lanka’s fate

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

By Janaka Perera Without question the August 17 Parliamentary Election is going to be a most crucial one for Sri Lanka. The decision the majority of the voters take on Monday is bound to have the strongest impact on the Sinhalas, more than any other community.  Never before in recent years have they been so […]

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‘Overnight Vigil’ May 30 leading nowhere

Friday, May 29th, 2015

By Janaka Perera From the end of April through this month the world including Sri Lanka observed anniversaries marking the end of several armed conflicts – Vietnam War (April 30), fighting in the European Theatre of World War II (May 8) and the LTTE’s separatist insurgency (May 19). Some ‘pundits’ in SL however were unhappy […]

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Buddhism in Russia and the Lankan connection

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Janaka Perera _______________________________________________ “People who were educated in British schools and who were taught European history and geography, neglecting native history and geography cannot see the true value of their country’s past which they view with the eyes of the foreigners.” – Ivan Minayev _______________________________________________ While Sri Lanka and many other predominantly Buddhist countries celebrate […]

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Vietnam’s victory 40 years ago

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

By Janaka Perera April 30th marks the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Vietnam, a country with which Sri Lanka has developed strong ties during the past five decades. The press in this country like newspapers elsewhere gave wide publicity to the fall of the U.S.-backed puppet regime in what was then South Vietnam and […]

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First suicide attack 73 years ago today (April 9) – Why Japan did not invade Lanka

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

By Janaka Perera April 9th this year marks the 73rd Anniversary of the World War II Japanese air raid on Trincomalee, four days after they bombed Colombo and suburbs.  Although many articles have been written about the two raids, hardly any of them have touched on the real reasons that prevented a Japanese occupation of […]

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Concern over fate of Jaffna Sinhala MV

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Janaka Perera Is the Government planning to release the Sinhala Maha Vidyalaya in Jaffna to the private individuals or companies, instead of giving bit back to the Sinhala children and their teachers who have been compelled to do their studies in Anuradhapura and Kurunegala among other places? This issue has surfaced in the light of […]

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Expat Lankans donate cardiac catheter lab to A’pura Teaching hospital

Monday, April 6th, 2015

By Janaka Perera “We are deeply grateful to expatriate Sri Lankans in Australia for facilitating the grant of a fully equipped Cardiac Catheter Laboratory to the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital” Health and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said at the opening of the first Angiography Unit at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, last week (April 02) Dr. […]

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Echoes of April 5

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

By Janaka Perera April is the month when flowers bloom in Nuwara Eliya.  It has also been a month when guns boomed and bombs exploded and of ‘revolution.’    All of them occurred on a 5th of April within a span of 29 years. The first of these was the Japanese air raid over Colombo in […]

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Abrogate 13th Amendment – National Joint Committee

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

By Janaka Perera The National Joint Committee on Tuesday, February 24 called for an immediate abrogation of the 13th Amendment which India imposed on Sri Lanka 28 years ago. Participating in the media briefing held at the All Ceylon Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo were Attorney Manohara R. de Silva PC, Venerable Bengamuwe Nalaka Thera (Secretary, […]

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Christian politicos meddling in Buddhist affairs

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

By Janaka Perera Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake recently raiding a Buddhist Meditation Centre at Kadawatha raises two serious issues – one legal and the other ethical. Can a politician enter the premises of a religious or commercial establishment on the pretext of searching it (with or without the police) without a court order?  Should not […]

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Real factors behind SL’s independence

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Janaka Perera Before 1939 the British were in no great hurry to grant self-rule to their colonies, despite all the heroic freedom struggles, notably in India, and the campaigns for constitutional reforms in countries like Sri Lanka. It fact British leaders like Winston Churchill wanted to keep forever the empire on which “the sun would […]

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Saluting war veterans – then and now -From poppy to suriyamal and back to poppy

Monday, November 10th, 2014

By Janaka Perera Poppy Day November 11 this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.   I recall over 50 years ago during our school days our teachers told us to observe two minutes silence at the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th month to remember […]

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Assassination of a Prime Minister

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Janaka Perera  Friday, September 26th marks the 55th year since post-independence Sri Lanka experienced its first political assassination – the killing of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike on September 26, 1959, three years after he came to power. To date it has been the island’s only major political assassination where the culprits were arrested and duly […]

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Photo Poetry born out of war

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Janaka Perera Roopa Kavya (Photo Poetry) a collection of pictorial poems in Sinhala and English published in Lanka Viththi, the first Sinhala newspaper published in the United Kingdom, was launched at the Mahaweli Centre Auditorium, Colombo on Thursday September 4 amidst a large gathering including leading intellectuals, artists, authors, journalists  and cinema and TV personalities. […]

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War that changed Sri Lanka and the world

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Janaka Perera  Seventy-five years ago, on September 4, 1939, the huge guns of the First Heavy Regiment of the Ceylon Garrison Artillery boomed from the Rock house Battery , Modera.  It was practice firing that heralded colonial Sri Lanka’s (then Ceylon) entry into the Second World War that began the previous day.  The first intimation […]

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Indo-Lanka ties and TN buffoonery

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Janaka Perera  Learning from the experience of the furor over the allegedly controversial Jayalalitha-Modi article in the Sri Lanka Defence Ministry website Sri Lankans need to have broader perspective of the unenviable position in which successive Indian central governments have been placed vis-à-vis Tamil Nadu.  Today Delhi’s dependence on TN may be far less compared […]

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Lanka to honour Vietnam Buddhist martyr

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Janaka Perera Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Vietnam Dr. Ivan Amarasinghe will be a special guest invited by the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha Council at the ceremony on Saturday July 12 – National Martyrs Day – to commemorate the sacrifice of the Buddhist monk, Venerable Thich Quang Duc 51 years ago in protest against the American-backed dictator […]

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Global milk industry’s brutal methods exposed

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Janaka Perera The world celebrated Milk Day on June 1 amidst newspaper articles extolling virtues of milk consumption.  Sri Lankans are being urged to consume liquid milk instead of powdered milk to which most people young and old have become addicted over the past six decades. Amidst this a controversy is continuing in the West […]

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‘Sri Lanka needs to refocus her foreign policy’

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Janaka Perera  “The biggest threat to the Asian region is how the US is wooing the Indian government and its corporate sector, and promoting the idea – in a very subtle way -  that Indian and Chinese civilizations are different. Indians seem to be falling into this trap at the moment.”  Kalinga Seneviratne, Adjunct Lecturer […]

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